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Wish in One Hand, Spit in the Other

Wish in One Hand, Spit in the Other

A Collection of Plays by Suzan Zeder. Edited by Susan Pearson-Davis.

Product Code: WD9000

  • Collection
  • Comedy | Drama

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Please note: The titles in this collection cannot be licensed directly from the collection book. If you wish to perform one of the titles in this collection, you will need to purchase separate scripts for that title.

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$39.95 /book

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Synopsis

Eight of Suzan Zeder's plays, each widely produced and popular, are in this anthology, a collection of her first works for stage. Zeder is one of the most imaginative playwrights of her generation and is best known for the depth and dimension of her child protagonists and the bold handling of contemporary themes and issues. Her plays uniquely blend styles and themes as they range from comedy to drama and from realism. For these reasons, among many, she early received the coveted Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup from the Children's Theatre Association of America. Twice her plays have won the AATE Distinguished Play Award.

Susan Pearson-Davis, an authority on the works and writing of Suzan Zeder, brings her considerable skills as a theatre producer and drama scholar to her insightful introduction and provides brief critical essays to each play. These will be helpful to playwrights, stage directors and to all who will read this volume as dramatic literature.

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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Collection
  • Product Code WD9000
  • Cost $39.95

Categories

  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780876020296
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Included Titles

Doors By Suzan Zeder.

Before Jeff can deal with his parents' impending divorce, he must face and play out his fears and his fantasies with his best friend, Sandy. Although the situation of the play involves separation and divorce, the subject of the play deals with the importance of talking and listening. Once the unspoken is finally out in the open, the whole family can begin to heal.

  • Product Code: DB9000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 3m., 1w., including 2 adults and 2 pre-teen boys.
  • Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes

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In a Room Somewhere Book and lyrics by Suzan L. Zeder. Music by Daniel Paul Davis.

Five adults find themselves in a room with no windows, no doors and only the vastness of space where the ceiling ought to be. When they begin to find relics from their own childhoods, they discover that the only way out of the room is to journey through their own pasts.

  • Product Code: IA9000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 3m., 2w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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Mother Hicks By Suzan Zeder.

This play, set in Ware, Illinois during the Great Depression, is about three outsiders—a foundling girl known only as Girl; a deaf boy, eloquent in the language of his silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of being a witch. The tale, told with poetry and sign language, chronicles their journey to find themselves, and each other, in a troubled time.

  • Product Code: MK4000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 4 to 5m., 4w., with doubling.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time Adapted by Suzan Zeder. Based on the characters and events from Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

Dorothy and her eccentric uncle unwittingly activate Tic Toc and time begins in Oz! Their adventures encourage Dorothy to look beyond Uncle Henry's outward signs of aging to recognize his true competence, energy and worth.

  • Product Code: O85000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 5m., 4w., 3 either gender with doubling, or 19 (7m., 6w., 6 either gender) with roles distributed.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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The Play Called Noah's Flood By Suzan Zeder.

At the end of the 15th century, the tiny town of Frogsham musters its dubious resources to mount the Corpus Christi play of Noah and the Flood. This medieval play-within-a-play presents a teeming town full of characters who mirror their biblical pageant counterparts. It provides a humorous glimpse of 15th-century stagecraft and the timeless panic of performers who must go on before the show is ready.

  • Product Code: PF3000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama|Farce
  • Cast Size: 10m., 8w., with doubling, or increase the cast number by distributing the 49 roles.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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Step on a Crack Book and lyrics by Suzan Zeder. Music by John Engerman.

Ellie and her imaginary friends launch into a fantasy world as Ellie seeks to escape real-life problems and comes to terms with herself and her own need for a mother.

  • Product Code: SW2000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama|Farce
  • Cast Size: 2m., 4w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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Wiley and the Hairy Man By Suzan Zeder.

Set deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, this spine-tingling play centers around a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear.

  • Product Code: WC9000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 3m., 1w., 4 either gender with optional extras.
  • Approx. Run Time: 70 minutes

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Other Doors By Suzan Zeder.

A year after the separation of Jeff's parents, the divorce becomes final. Jeff, his parents and his Grandmother, with whom he now lives, have survived the break-up in different ways.

  • Product Code: O86000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 2m., 4w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes

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Through acting edition

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